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4 Arrested After Police Chase

Posted January 22, 2008
Updated January 23, 2008

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— Durham police arrested four people after a high-speed chase through Durham and Wake counties Tuesday night.

William Dozia Smith, 20, and Stephen Lavance Oates Jr., 19, both of 2303 Anthony Drive, and two 14-year-olds were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony fleeing to elude.

The chase began at Massey Avenue and Fayetteville Street in Durham at about 10 p.m. Tuesday when an officer spotted a Ford Taurus that matched the description of a car used in an armed robbery, police said. The driver of the Taurus sped off, and police chased the car on the Durham Freeway and U.S. Highway 15/501 to Interstate 85 North and then back to U.S. 15/501 and Interstate 40, police said.

The state Highway Patrol picked up the chase near Aviation Parkway in Morrisville and had to use "stop sticks" to flatten the car's tires near Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, police said.

The chase lasted about 45 minutes and reached speeds of 90 mph. Part of I-40 was shut down for a time, but no injuries were reported.

Smith, Oates and the two juveniles were charged with robbing a couple at gunpoint Sunday night on Lambeth Circle in Durham, police said. Investigators were trying to determine if any of the four had been involved in other armed robberies.

Oates was also charged with robbery and simple assault in connection with a Nov. 19 robbery at Bennett Pointe Grill on Hillsborough Road.

An employee told police he was taking out the trash when two men approached him and demanded money. One took the employee’s cash while the second sprayed him with pepper spray, police said.

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  • tryton77 Jan 24, 2008

    Aunt of William I hope All four of these McDougald Terrace hood rats get a dose right in a vain for what they have done :)

  • SomeRandomGuy Jan 24, 2008

    Well, they caught a suspected murderer as a result of this pursuit. Anyone know how they charge all 4 with fleeing? Did they take turns driving??

  • Packy Jan 24, 2008

    Scrubtech-Sorry for your family.... I have a nephew who's 17 and I'm really worried about where his life in heading. BUT I know at some point kids need to grow up and realize that they can't blame anyone for their wrong doings. Take responsibility for your own actions.

  • kimber Jan 24, 2008

    " Please before making further comments, take a good look at yourself and your OWN family! WHAT I AM SAYING IS MIND YOUR BUSINESS, UNLESS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF HELPING OUR FAMILY DURING SUCH A TRAGIC EVENT IN ALL OF OUR LIVES!!!"
    scrubtech

    In doing that I can say I know where my nearly 14 year old is at all times and at that time of night on a school night he would have been in bed or preparing for bed (you know, like making sure his homework was done, everything ready for school the next day) This is the communities business, especially when our law enforcement have to put their lives on the line to handle such matters. I will do my part by praying for these young people and that they are not able to put other peoples lives in danger again.

  • casp3r Jan 24, 2008

    Absolutely amazing, of course they are all good kids caught up with the wrong crowd. Let’s make some more excuses instead of confronting the problem, oh and it is our business because for one, our tax dollars were wasting on these criminals, two the high speed chase put countless of us law abiding citizens at risk. Maybe instead of judging us for commenting about someone breaking the laws, how about being there for these great kids before you see the police lights around them.

  • Lougrantstwin Jan 24, 2008

    Thanks to Cpl. D.A. Ferrell for spotting this car and helping get these guys off the street! All Agencies/Officers that particpated in the chase and arrest deserve a round of applause. Thanks for making our world safer,

  • mramorak Jan 23, 2008

    In jail without the bail.

  • scrubtech Jan 23, 2008

    Coming from the Aunt of William, and his brother who was one of the 14year olds, please let me advise you, that you should not be so quick to judge, for I know that no one who has commented on this story is perfect. You do not know the entire story nor do you know these boys backgrounds ( speaking for my nephews only)! Do you all, think so little of yourselves that you post such negative comments about someone you do not know! My nephew, the 14 year old is an honor role student, who was as the wrong place at the wrong time with his OLDER BROTHER, as was the other 14 year old boy. Steve Oates the other adult who does not live at the address listed in the story has a long criminal history and is the reason why the other boys are in jail. Please before making further comments, take a good look at yourself and your OWN family! WHAT I AM SAYING IS MIND YOUR BUSINESS, UNLESS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF HELPING OUR FAMILY DURING SUCH A TRAGIC EVENT IN ALL OF OUR LIVES!!!

  • wcnc Jan 23, 2008

    "We can ask that law enforcement stop these high speed chases before they kill someone."

    You are talking to the wrong group. Please direct your pleas to stop high speed chases to the CRIMINALS who committ CRIMES that start the chase to begin with. It's not as if the police see any old car and decide to chase. please..... Oh, and get back to us on what the criminals respond to your plea....

    "90 miles per hour and the guy probably did something minor. "

    Oh, I didn't know robbery was minor- thanks for giving me that lesson in criminal law!!

    And, I'm driving on 40 any time and there are countless people driving 90, so what's the big deal??? please....

  • bomanicous Jan 23, 2008

    "One took the employee’s cash while the second sprayed him with pepper spray, police said."

    What a couple of sissies!!! Now I see how 20 year olds hang out with 14 year olds, they have the mental capacity of a walnut.

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